5 Reasons Caesarstone is the Perfect Surface for Brilliant Food Photos

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When we first moved into our 1930s brick tudor home in Seattle, I immediately pined for a kitchen that we could not only live in, but work in. Luckily, it took us nearly two years to start a renovation that I began planning before we had even settled in. For me, the kitchen is the heart and soul of our house, but it is also the place where I recipe test and photograph a lot of my creations for our website and vinyl subscription service that pairs food and music.

We evaluated many options for our countertops and backsplash and after settling on Caesarstone for our counters (and many hours spent on Pinterest), I wondered why we wouldn’t extend it to the backsplash as well. I’m so glad we made the decision. We’ve been living in (and loving) our remodeled kitchen for several months now and I have shot countless dishes in it. Today I wanted to share my approach to food photography, and how Caesarstone fits in.

Photography: Kasey Fleisher Hickey | 5143 White Attica

Minimalist Mess (That’s Easy to Clean Up)

My approach to food photography is what I might call a “minimalist mess.” I’m not one to cover my counters with melted ice cream per se, but sometimes, a shot requires a spill - and nothing is easier to clean than my Caesarstone! I opt for an environmentally friendly solution of 50/50 water and vinegar, then wipe off with water and a soft cloth. Even red wine doesn’t leave so much as a tint.

Matte Stoneware and Bright Colors

Over the years, I’ve realized that no matter how many plates, napkins and silverware I own, I tend to turn to a few favorites over and over again. Matte stoneware, in neutral colors have been my go-to, but recently I’ve been loving the bold contrast of color, which creates a stark contrast between the food and on the plate and the veined White Attica Caesarstone. Green herbs pop and the yolks of an egg look extra orange, especially when shot from overhead.

Multi-Dimensional and Lived In

One of my favorite things about our Caesarstone countertop and backsplash combination is that I’m able to capture a scene, but still create an artistic shot. Years ago, I learned from photographer Penny de los Santos that the perfect angle for a shot is ¾ (or 30-60 degrees), and while I still love this approach, I’ve taken to doing a lot of side shots. The White Attica backsplash acts almost as a reflection board, and the lighting it creates is almost ethereal.

Wide and Airy

When I first began taking photos of food, I found myself zooming in. Way in. But I’ve realized that my preferred photos are actually zoomed out. I like capturing the space around the food; often zooming out allows me to really highlight an ingredient or capture the “feeling” or “season” of a room, as silly as it might sound, especially when there are fresh flowers or a pot of steaming hot coffee in the background of a shot.

Always a Classic

I’m the girl who owns a dozen striped tees and wears the same necklace every day of the week: I’m all about a classic look. Unsurprisingly, when it came to choosing colors and materials for our kitchen, we really focused on timelessness: brass pulls and knobs, navy lowers, hardwood floors and a stone color that wouldn’t feel dated. There’s always a new trend when it comes to food photography, but what I love about the style I’ve really settled into is it feels like it won’t ever go out of style.

Our kitchen renovation infused me with a renewed energy and passion for cooking and photography, and I’m excited about all the things I’ll cook up (and photograph!) in the future.

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Turntable Kitchen is a site connecting food and music, based in Seattle. Run by an inspired couple: Kasey and Matthew, it features recipes with a focus on local, fresh ingredients, hand-selected ‘Musical Pairings,’ album reviews and musings on their city livin’ and country hoppin’ adventures. They aim to introduce food lovers to music and vice versa. Turntable Kitchen is a place to come home to, travel with and turn up the volume on.